Illegal Indoor Marijuana Grow Found In Valley Springs

Illegal Indoor Marijuana Grow Found In Valley Springs

Members of the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office Marijuana Enforcement Team served yet another search warrant for illegal unregistered indoor marijuana grow at a residence along the 6000 block of Highway 26 in Valley Springs.   This location is another residence where deputies found the entire house had been converted for marijuana cultivation.   1,346 marijuana plants were seized and one subject arrested.  Xiu Huang a 57 year old female Sacramento resident was booked into the Calaveras County Jail on $30,000 bail for illegal marijuana cultivation and maintaining a place for the purpose of unlawfully selling, giving away, or using any controlled substance, commonly known as “operating a drug house”.   The Sheriff’s Office has a word of caution for property owners and realtors who are forced to deal with the aftermath of these illegal commercial sized indoor marijuana grows in residential houses.   Moisture intrusion in the ceiling, walls, and flooring materials promotes widespread mold and fungus.  Other types of property damage caused by these operations include damage to kitchens, bathrooms and plumbing utilities from heavy use and drainage system back-ups, due to potting soil and plant debris being flushed down toilets and drains.   Properties are also damaged by contamination from fertilizers and insecticides as well as rodent, termite, cockroach and/or bedbug infestations promoted by wet conditions.   Modifications to buildings, such as plastic sheeting stapled on walls/floors, holes cut into ceilings for the installation of ventilation systems to manage heat from grow lights, and electrical system alterations made to bypass power company meters can also be hazardous.  The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office encourages anyone with information on potentially illegal marijuana cultivation sites or sites manufacturing concentrated cannabis to call the Sheriff’s Marijuana Tip Line at 754-6870.

 

Written by KVGC Staff

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